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The Passenger

Venue: Bolshoi Theatre

Theatre Square, 1
Moscow, Russia
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Event details

Act 1 

The early 1960s. An ocean liner. 
Liese and her husband Walter, a German diplomat, are aboard a cruise liner headed to Brazil. On deck she suddenly sees a woman resembling Marta whom she believed to have died. Liese is so much disturbed by surging memories that she confesses to her husband that she was an SS overseer at Auschwitz. Walter fears a diplomatic scandal. Liese asks the ship’s steward to find out who the woman is and where she comes from. 

1944. Auschwitz 
Marta is among the prisoners. Liese enlists her to help manage the other prisoners. A Kapo finds a note in Polish and Marta is ordered to translate it. Marta recognizes it as a message between members of the resistance but misreads it as a love note to her fiancé Tadeusz. 

Act 2 

Tadeusz is a violin player and an Auschwitz prisoner. He is ordered to choose a violin to play the Kommandant’s favorite waltz at a concert. Tadeusz meets Marta and they recognize each other. Liese notices that but allows them to talk privately in violation of the regulations. Tadeusz makes jewelry for SS officers. In one of the medallions Liese sees Madonna with the face of Marta. She tries to entice Tadeusz to let her set up a meeting between him and Marta, but Tadeusz refuses, not wishing to be indebted to Liese. 
Marta is having her 20th birthday. Liese summons her and informs that Tadeusz refused to meet her. Marta is certain Tadeusz had a good reason. 

The wardens read out a list of female prisoners sentenced to death. Although Marta´s number hasn’t been called she wants to join the doomed. But Liese stops her: Marta must hear Tadeusz’s concert. 

The transatlantic liner. 
Liese and Walter decide to forget about the past. They go out to dance. The passenger asks to perform the Kommandant’s favorite waltz. Liese is scared. 

Officers and prisoners gather for the concert. Tadeusz is supposed to play Kommandant’s favorite waltz but instead he plays Bach’s Chaconne. The music breaks off abruptly when officers smash Tadeusz’s violin, drag him off the stage and out to his death. 


The transatlantic liner. 
Marta is alone. She thinks about Tadeusz. Remembering the past she hopes that none of the victims will ever be forgotten.

Program details

Libretto by Alexander Medvedev based on the novella by Zofia Posmysz 

Music Director: Oliver von Dohnányi 
Director, Set and Lighting Designer: Thaddeus Strassberger 
Costume Designer: Vita Tzykun 
Chorus Master: Angelica Grozina 
Сhoreographer: Nadezhda Malygina 


Prisoners in Auschwitz 
MARTA, Polish, in Auschwitz: Natalia Karlova 
TADEUSZ, Marta’s fiancé: Dmitri Starodubov 
KATYA, a Russian partisan: Natalia Mokeeva 
KRYSTYNA, Polish: Ekaterina Neyzhmak 
VLASTA, Czech: Irina Kulikovskaya 
HANNAH, Jewish: Tatiana Nikanorova 
BRONKA, Czech: Aleskandra Kulikova 
IVETTE, French: Olesya Stepanova 
OLD WOMAN: Lubov Shevchenko 

LIESE, German: Nadezhda Babintseva 
WALTER, Liese’s husband, German diplomat: Vladimir Cheberyak 
FIRST SS OFFICER: Aleksei Semenishchev 
SECOND SS OFFICER: Vladislav Troshin 
THIRD SS OFFICER: Kirill Matveev 
ELDERLY PASSENGER / Comandant: Garry Agadzhanyan 

Dramatic roles: 
Senior Overseer 
SS woman 
Kapo in the female barracks 
Prisoners in Auschwitz, passengers and the ship crew 

The production involves chorus singers and extras.

Bolshoi Theatre

On 28 March (17 according to the old style) 1776, Catherine II granted the prosecutor, Prince Pyotr Urusov, the "privilege" of "maintaining" theatre performances of all kinds, including masquerades, balls and other forms of entertainment, for a period of ten years. And it is from this date that Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre traces its history.

The Bolshoi building, which for many years now has been regarded as one of Moscow’s main sights, was opened on 20 October 1856, on Tsar Alexander II’s coronation day.

On 29 October 2002 the Bolshoi was given a New Stage and it was here it presented its performances during the years the Historic Stage was undergoing massive reconstruction and refurbishment.

The reconstruction project lasted from l July 2005 to 28 October 2011. As a result of this reconstruction, many lost features of the historic building were reinstated and, at the same time, it has joined the ranks of most technically equipped theatre buildings in the world.

The Bolshoi Theatre is a symbol of Russia for all time. It was awarded this honor due to the major contribution it made to the history of the Russian performing arts. This history is on-going and today Bolshoi Theatre artists continue to contribute to it many bright pages.


An inherent part of the Theatre’s activities is the presentation of concerts of symphony and chamber works, and of operas in concert performance, thus acquainting the public with works of all music genres. 

Now that the Bolshoi Theatre has two stages at its disposal, one of them its legendary Historic Stage which is at last back in action again, it hopes to fulfill its mission with an even greater degree of success, steadily extending the sphere of its influence at home and throughout the world.


The Bolshoi has to a large extent reacquired its authentic historical appearance, lost during the years of Soviet power. The auditorium and part of its suite of halls now look as they were originally conceived by Bolshoi Theatre architect Alberto Cavos. While the former imperial foyer halls have been given back their 1895 decor, this was the year they were redecorated for Emperor Nicholas II’s coronation celebrations. Each reproduced or restored element of interior decoration was made the object of a special project for which separate documentation was collected based on numerous archival and on-site researches.

In 2010 the auditorium suite of halls were renovated: the Lobby, the Main or the White Foyer, the Choral, Exhibition, Round and Beethoven halls. Muscovites were able to admire the restored facades and the renovated symbol of the Bolshoi Theatre — the famous Apollo quadriga, created by the sculptor Peter Klodt.

The auditorium has regained its original beauty. And, just like the 19th century theatergoer, so each member of the public today will be dazzled by its extravagant and at the same time “light” décor. The bright crimson, scattered with gold, draping of the interiors of the boxes, the different on each level stucco arabesques, the Apollo and the Muses plafond — all this contributes to the auditorium’s breath-taking impact.

Special attention was paid to the restoration of the legendary acoustics. International experts did extensive research work and made sure all their technical recommendations were carried out to the letter.

State of the art machinery has been installed in the stagehouse. The Bolshoi Theatre Historic stage now consists of seven two-tier rising and descending platforms. These platforms can easily change their positions, thus the stage can become horizontal, raked or stepped. The stage and backstage area can be united which creates a stage space of incredible depth.

New upper stage equipment, remotely controlled by computer, makes it possible to derive maximum use from lighting, sound and visual effects. Cutting edge rigs have been installed for the deployment of lanterns, special effects apparatus and acoustics. 

The orchestra pit has been provided with extra space under the forestage. This makes it one of the biggest orchestra pits in the world seating up to 130 musicians, which is necessary for the performance of such large-scale works as, for instance, Wagner operas.

The installation of state of the art stage equipment was a unique world-scale project. The reconstruction has doubled the Theatre’s total floor space. Thanks to the expansion of the Theatre’s existing underground spaces (under stagehouse) and to the construction of new underground space under Theatre Square, this has been achieved without any change to the Theatre’s external appearance.

Thus the Theatre has acquired badly needed new space, including an underground concert and rehearsal room, which has inherited its name from the Beethoven Hall, under the Theatre lobby. This hall is a multi-functional space which can be used in different ways. It consists of five main platforms: the central platform is the stage itself, two platforms to the right and left of it can be used either to increase the size of the stage or as audience space. The two remaining platforms form the main space of the auditorium. All of the platforms can be raised to foyer level to create a space for holding formal, receptions. Apart from this concert hall and its auxiliary premises, the rest of the underground space under Theatre Square accommodates a large number of technical, service and staff rooms.

The Bolshoi Theatre reconstruction project also included the renovation of the Khomyakov House, a protected architectural monument of the first half of the nineteenth century situated immediately behind the Bolshoi, which has been transformed into a service wing. Due to numerous 20th century reconstructions, the historical interiors of the Khomyakov House have been totally lost. While its main walls have been preserved, the interior layout has been redesigned to meet the Theatre’s present-day requirements. Thus the Khomaykov House, which is linked to the main Bolshoi Theatre building by an underground tunnel, is a key element in the gigantic Bolshoi Theatre complex.

The renovation of the country’s main stage was a landmark event in the lives of a large coordinated team of highest-level professionals. Participating in the project were uniquely qualified specialists whose great feat of labor will earn them the undying gratitude of present-day Bolshoi Theatre audiences.



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